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Sid DavisMoment of Decision (1962)

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Tells the story of four boys who are faced with a decision--whether or not to steal a car and take a joy ride. Shows that even though a boy's decision may be colored by his background, the responsibility is his.

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Producer: Sid Davis
Production Company: Sid Davis Productions
Audio/Visual: sound, color

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Average Rating: 3.67 out of 5 stars3.67 out of 5 stars3.67 out of 5 stars3.67 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: JD Kay - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - March 2, 2009
Subject: Plastic slipcovers are the cause of bad behavior
John, the teenage ring leader of his group, has serious behavioral issues due to his parents having plastic slipcovers on the family sofa. The slip covers represent repression and inhibit John's homosexual tendencies...hence his need to be the leader of his friends. John is clearly a closet cross-dresser
Reviewer: Popcorn42 - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - October 27, 2006
Subject: Self-contradictory and condescending...
The narrator says it's the boys fault for not trying hard enough to resist the temptation to meet their unfulfilled emotional needs in "socially unacceptable" (illegal) ways.

This is what we want to tell others - it's your fault, you made bad choices, you insist on bad choices, if you only tried harder you'd do better.

But the plot tells a different story: one of ridiculous, trivial slights by cardboard parents that drives the boys to lives of crime.

This is what we tell ourselves: it's all my environment, it's not my fault, you made me do it!

The film offers only 30-seconds of anything near reality - when depicting the influence of a positive emotional bond between parent and child.

The rest is cliched and condescending. Don't miss the narrator's conclusion, it's a real gem.
Reviewer: ERD - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - October 21, 2006
Subject: Well done production
Well done production for teenagers about making important decisions. Also indicates the importance of positive parent interaction with their children.
Reviewer: GE_Pretzel - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 16, 2006
Subject: The joyride in Inglewood that went terribly wrong
Sid Davis triumphs again in this insightful study of the young criminal mind. When four teenage boys chance upon a stylish convertible with its keys left in the ignition, they momentarily consider if stealing the vehicle is a wise move. The film's tough narrator states that while the four boys have gone through unique life experiences that will ultimately influence their decision to either steal the car or simply walk away, they are all cognizant that the theft of the convertible constitutes a major criminal offence and that they will be held liable for their actions. Those familiar with several of Davis' other films won't find the conclusion to be quite as hard-hitting as one might expect, but it certainly doesn't disappoint. A nice production that stresses the importance of personal responsibility in a world in which it is being increasingly eschewed.
Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 3, 2003
Subject: The Scum of Inglewood California!
Very interesting Sid Davis yarn about four boys, Robert, Paul, John and Bill, 4 friends who come across a convertible with the keys still in the ignition (!! I guess, only in Inglewood).. From there, we see each of the boy's paths on his decision of whether to hop in or not.
John who is the leader of the pack, seems to get in trouble a lot with his (badly miscast) parents, and he got busted for curfew (again, only in Inglewood CA.. same police station (and angle) used in Boys Beware).
In the best scenario, Paul's motivations are also caused by his parental upbringing. Dad harangs him about getting a haircut because he's looking liking a beatnik (he IS? if that's true, that's the shortest hair a beatnik has had) and, when Paul takes off for some airplane glue (for his model airplane! Folks, the teenagers in Inglewood are not THAT bad) and leaves the baby he was supposed to care of alone, his father harangues him some more hilariously waving the plane around.
Bill is more a straight shooter, and doesn't go for it, he's called Chicken. And Robert goes for it, even though his parents love him so, got a great pool in the back yard, but doesnt want to be called chicken.
The whole thing ends predictably. The narration in the piece is by the same unforgiving drone narrator used in 'Boys Beware'. Quite an oddity, and is highly reccomended!
Reviewer: Steve Nordby - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 21, 2003
Subject: Moments determined by years
Four 1960's teen boys, products of their environment and life experience, find a new convertable with the top down and the keys in the ignition. While we are in suspense about what they will do, the narrator reveals each teen's life history. In the somewhat moody style of social guidance films from Sid Davis Productions.

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